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The Humble Turboprop: The Most Resilient Aircraft Category During Covid-19

May 5, 2021
Deutsche Aircraft Sales and Marketing Team
The Humble Turboprop: The Most Resilient Aircraft Category During Covid-19

As aviation is fuelled by what we call “derived demand”, aviation is one of the most exposed industries – if not the most exposed – to macroeconomic shocks. Whilst over the last two decades or so our industry has faced multiple external shocks, from terrorist attacks to variable fuel prices and the worldwide financial crisis, <strong>unquestionably Coronavirus has been the ultimate test</strong> that we as an industry have faced over the last 100 years.

The Test Takers

Whilst every aviation sector has faced external pressures due to the very nature of the underlying demand, these external shocks have affected parts of our industry differently. Here at Deutsche Aircraft, we have taken a look at the amount of flying by aircraft types and their numbers in active service and in storage. We’ve grouped aircraft in the following broad groupings:

  • Turbo-props
  • Regional jets
  • Narrow bodies
  • Wide bodies

Who did Better in the Test

From the graphs below we can see the widely expected results, namely wide bodies taking most of the brunt as long-haul international travel was effectively stopped, followed by narrow bodies.

As expected, regional aircraft were more sheltered from the chaos – if such a thing exists during the current pandemic.

How so?

The regional flights enjoy the advantage of more flexible operational deployment. And the fact that many routes require small regional aircraft to fly to provide the essential life line for remote communities. Also, many of these airlines have started to “downgauge” some routes previously flown by narrow-bodies for which the fall in demand doesn’t warrant a larger aircraft anymore.

Crucially, in 2020 it was the turbo-prop sector which saw the smallest fall in in-service fleets and scheduled flights, primarily driven by this category being proportionally the largest contributor of essential air services.

Deutsche Aircraft is proud to be targeting the most resilient segment of the market with our new D328eco aircraft, which will deliver reduced maintenance costs, better performance, modern avionics and many other features to ensure our operators not only stay afloat, but riding the tides of changes to come.

Get in touch with out team to learn more about Deutsche Aircraft.

About the data:
- Source: Cirium
- Schedules data: full year 2019 vs. 2020 – excludes non-scheduled flying
- In-service data:
- For 2019 the data is dated April while for 2020 it’s dated October. We wanted to compare “shoulder month” to shoulder month, however April 2020 wouldn’t have captured the immediate impact of Coronavirus as our dataset classes aircraft as in storage after 3 months of inactivity.

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New talent appointed to strengthen the Deutsche aircraft programme

As part of its continued support of Deutsche Aircraft’s D328eco aircraft programme, 328 Support Services GmbH recently appointed a panel of “talent experts” to further strengthen the overall team and ensure strong management structure and processes are in place across the D328eco development programme. Today we focus on the Engineering & Programme departments.

On the programme side, Mr. Peter Spyrka has been appointed Director of Programmes. Peter brings over 20 years’ experience in the global aerospace industry with engineering & development works on both civil and military aircraft programmes. Prior to joining Deutsche Aircraft, Peter worked at Airbus, leading the Hybrid Electric Propulsion System development programme for demonstrator projects. He also worked for Fairchild Dornier back in the late 1990’s.

In Engineering, Mr. Jean-Damien Mazeau has been appointed as our new Head of Propulsion Systems. Jean-Damien also brings more than 20 years’ aeronautical experience to Deutsche Aircraft, having built most of his career at Airbus. He was most recently involved with the A320neo’s entry into service, in charge of propulsion system’s global technical Support.

Last but not least, Dr. Stefan Brunner brings more than two decades of expertise and experience to his position as Head of Airframe. Throughout his career, Stefan spent more than 17 years working directly for the Airbus group where he was heavily involved with a wide variety of major engineering programmes on both commercial aviation and defence & space programmes. In his new role, Stefan will be responsible for design, analysis and modification of the D328eco airframe’s primary structure (Fuselage, Fairings, Wing, Empennage), as well as establishing new processes and procedures to complete aircraft development. Finally, he is responsible for ensuring compliance with the European Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulations.

In addition to Peter, Jean Damien and Stefan, we are also proud to announce that we have been busy hiring new talent from not only within Germany, but from all over the world. Coming from a variety of companies within the aerospace industry, we look forward to utilising our new team members’ skills and expertise to achieve the entry into service scheduled for 2025.

All are great assets to the current Engineering & Programme team and will, without a doubt, help support Deutsche Aircraft’s development programme over the coming years.

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